by Jim Adler
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has made another warning about another drug from drug giant Pfizer Inc., a company that’s already inflicted great harm on innocent Americans with defective antidepressants.
This time the FDA warning concerns Pfizer drugs Zithromax and Zmax, which are sold in the form of Z-Pak capsules. Those drugs’ generic name is azithromycin. They’re used as antibiotics to treat bacterial infections such as bronchitis.
As of 2012, the FDA was concerned about these drugs due to a study comparing risks of cardiovascular death among persons receiving antibacterial drugs such as azithromycin. The study found a heightened risk of cardiovascular death among those who took a five-day treatment of azithromycin as opposed to those who took a different antibacterial drug or no drug at all.
Now the FDA has another concern. It’s issued an FDA warning about Zmax or Zithromax — which can come in a Z-Pak — potentially causing deadly irregular heart rhythms.
Patients who are most in danger include those who have known risk factors. These include the fact that they already use drugs to treat abnormal heart rhythms, or arrhythmias; or their heart rate is slower than average; or they have low levels of potassium or magnesium in their blood.
It was already known that Zithromax can lead to liver failure or fatal heart failure. Now the drug’s dangers appear to be even worse.
Yet active ingredient azithromycin is one of the highest-selling antibiotics worldwide. Indeed, azithromycin is making a lot of money for Pfizer. So Pfizer has issued no Zithromax recall, Zmax recall or Z-Pak recall, despite the dire dangers those drugs pose to many individuals.
Pfizer also is the company that’s continued to sell harmful antidepressants such as Effexor and Zoloft, despite the fact that a woman who uses such drugs within a year before giving birth can have a child with serious birth defects of the brain, lungs, spine, heart and other vital organs.
Thus, innocent children suffer while a drug maker reaps more profits.
As an American, you have a right to fight back if a negligent drug maker harms someone in your family. If this has happened to you, notify an experienced defective drug lawyer with Jim S. Adler & Associates immediately.